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PCB loses compensation case against BCCI

Decision announced on Tuesday by the DRC

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has won the compensation case which was filed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

The decision was announced on Tuesday by the International Cricket Council (ICC) Disputes Resolutions Committee (DRC). 

Both boards were involved in a legal battle over the non-honouring of the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

According to the MoU, which was signed in 2014 at the time of the formation of ‘Big Three’, the arch-rivals were to play six bilateral series, four of which were to be hosted by Pakistan.

However, not even a single series was materialised as BCCI claimed that they could not get the required approval from the Indian government.

In result, the PCB has filed a $70 million compensation case against the BCCI. The case hearing was conducted by the three-member DRC in Dubai in October. 

The decision stated that: "The Panel was ultimately persuaded by the evidence of the BCCI witnesses, notably Professor Shetty, the maker of such requestsfor approval over a number of years, and Mr Kurshid, a former Foreign Minister of India, who were both subject to strenuous and painstaking challenge by the PCB’s counsel but never disavowed that such approval was a sine qua non. Mr Kurshid, with an eloquence befitting his recent high office, described this as “an oral tradition”. The Panel’s conclusion is that what varied was the readiness with which such approval for an Indian tour of Pakistan would or would not be granted, which itself, was a reflection of the state of relations between the two Governments and peoples, informed by security and political considerations rather than whether there was any need for such approval in the first place.

In response to the decision, PCB issued a statement saying that they will decide the future course of action in the days to come. "In relation to the proceedings brought by PCB against BCCI, the PCB notes with regret the decision of the Disputes Panel of the ICC’s Dispute Resolution Committee. In 2017, PCB had claimed that BCCI had breached an agreement that it had signed with PCB on 9th April 2014 and had referred the matter to ICC’s Dispute Panel. Following a lengthy disputes resolution process, the announcement of the decision today has come as a disappointment for PCB. PCB will determine its future course of action in this regard after detailed deliberations and consultations with its stakeholders."